'Rulers of the Sky' bring their talons to town


Bristol's Audubon Environmental Education Center is a lot of things: a great place to spy a bullfrog; a perfect spot for a boardwalk stroll to the shores of Narragansett Bay; a wonderful place to touch a starfish, or see a life-sized model of a baleen whale. And this weekend, it is something else entirely.

A very bad place to be a mouse.

This weekend, Bristol's Audubon EEC at 1401 Hope St. is hosting "Rulers of the Sky," its annual Raptor Weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on both Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.

Wildlife rehabilitators and raptor experts from across the region will descend on Bristol, bringing a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to New England's largest gathering of raptors and their fans. Owls, falcons and hawks will be featured in this unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.

This year's lineup includes:

•  Master storyteller and popular environmental author Michael Caduto, who will perform folktales from around the world with a focus on birds.

•  Master falconer Lorrie Schumacher who will present "Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience" on both days. A European Eagle Owl, Lanner Falcon and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she presents.

•  Connecticut-based raptor rehabilitators Mary-Beth Kaeser and Alan Nordell of Horizon Wings will be presenting a Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, vultures and more on Saturday.

• On Sunday, Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls will introduce the audience to a variety of live owls found in New England as well as other parts of the world.

Both days will feature a wide variety of entertaining and educational activities for families; and local artisans will be offering nature-related crafts and artwork.

Admission to Raptor Weekend includes admission to the EEC, its 28-acre wildlife refuge, and the scenic boardwalk to Narragansett Bay. Food and refreshments will be available.

WHERE: Audubon EEC; 1401 Hope St., Bristol

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8

COST: Ranges $5 for member children to $30 for a non-member family of four.

MORE INFO: www.asri.org

Audubon Society


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